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Irish Question, No. 24.] 



ME. PAENELL'S IDEA 



OF 



HOME RULE. 



IRELAND TO ARMS! 

" Let us see as in 1782, one hundred thousand swords^ 
both Catholic and Protestant, leaping from their 

Scabbards, and believe me, fellow-countrymen, it will not be^ 
a question of chicanery or of Acts of Parliament, or of anything 
that can possibly interfere between the rights of our people to 
make their own laws on the soil of Ireland. . . ." — Liverpool, 
Nov. 30, 1879. 

IRISH AMERICA ARMED AND READY! 

11 It has given me great pleasure during my visit to the cities 
of this country to see the armed regiments of Irishmen who have 
frequently turned out to escort us; and when I saw some of 
these gallant men to-day, who are even now in this hall, I 
thought that each of them must wish with Sarsfield of old, 

'O that I could carry these arms for Ireland/ 
(Great applause.) Well, it may come to that some day 

Or other/' — Cleveland Ohio, Jan. 26, 1880. 



( 2 ) 
THE LAST LINK. 

"None of us— whether we are in America or in 
Ireland, or wherever we may be— will be satisfied 
until we have destroyed the last link which keeps 

Ireland bound to England." (Applause.)— Cincinnati, 
Feb. 23, 1880. (Irish World, March 6, 1880.) 

BREAD AND LEAD. 

" And now before I go, I will tell you an incident that 
liappened in America. A gentleman came to the platform and 
handed j me 25 dollars, saying: i Here are 5 dollars for 

bread and 20 dollars for lead.' "—Dublin, April 29, 1880. 

"IF WE ONLY COULD!'' 

" We stand to-day in the same position that our ancestors 

stood. We declare that it is the duty of every Irishman 
to free his country if he can. We refuse to inflict 

needless suffering on the masses of our people. We will work 

by constitutional means as long as it suits us. We 

refuse to plunge this country into the horrors of civil war when 
she has not a chance ; but I ask any man at this board, I ask 
any true Irishman, be he priest or be he layman, whether he 

would not consider it the first duty of an Irishman 
to do what he could to enable his country to 
take her place amongst the nations of the world. 
If it could be shown to him that there was a fair 
prospect of success from the sacrifice, I ask my 

reverend and lay friends whether they would not consider it 
their highest duty to give their lives for the country that gave 
.them birth."— Waterford, Dec. 6, 1880. 

"ONE THING WE CAN DO." 

* :i Beyond a shadow of a doubt it will be for the Irish people 



( 3 ) 

in England, poorly as they are supported, and isolated as they 
are, and for your independent Members, to determine at the next 
General Election whether Tory or Liberal Ministers shall rule 
England. This is a great force and a great power ; if we may 

not rule ourselves, we can at least cause them to foe 

ruled as we Choose." — On receiving Testimonial of .£40,000, 
Dublin, Dec. 13, 1883. 



THE IRREDUCIBLE BUT ELASTIC MINIMUM. 

" We cannot ask for less than restitution of Grattan's Par- 
liament — (loud cheers) — with its important privileges and far- 
reaching constitution. We cannot, under the British 
constitution, ask for more than the restitution of 
Grattan's Parliament. (Renewed cheering.) But no 
man has the right to fix the boundary to the march 

of a nation. (Great cheers.) No man has a right to say to his 
country, ' Thus far shalt thou go and no farther ; ' and we have 
never attempted to fix ne plus ultra to the progress of Ireland's 
nationhood, and we never shall. ,, — Cork, Jan. 21, 1885. 



"NO GUARANTEES !" 

" We are told upon high authority that it is impossible for 
Ireland to obtain the right of Self-Government. I believe that 
if it be sought to make it impossible for our country to obtain 
the right of administering her own affairs, that we will make 

all other things impossible for those who so seek. 
. , . . There shall be no legislation for England, 

My advice to English statesmen on this question " (of guarantees 
against separation) " is to trust the Irish people altogether, or 

trust them not at all. . . . It is impossible for us to 
give guarantees."— Dublin, Sept. 1, 1885. 



( 4 ) 

THE MINIMUM EXPANDED. 

w Speaking for myself, and, I believe, for the Irish people and 
for all my colleagues, I have to declare that we will never accept, 
either expressly or implied, anything but the full and complete 
right to arrange our own affairs, and make OUT land a 

nation, to secure for her, free from outside control, 
the right to direct her own course amongst the 

peoples Of the world." (Loud and prolonged cheering.)— 
Castlebar, Nov. 3, 1885. 



CLEARING THE WAY FOR FURTHER EXPANSION. 

" I will only add in conclusion my conviction that the day 
is Very near at hand when we shall have gained for 
Ireland the right to make her own laws upon Irish soil. 

(Cheers.) When that day comes, I shall regard my 
mission as fulfilled."— Galway, Feb. 11, 1886. 



WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM? 

Remember Mr. Gladstone's words at Leeds : — 

" Mr. Parnell says if the Crown of England is to 
be the link between the two countries, it must be 
the only link ; but whether it is to be the link at 
all— I am not quoting his words— is a matter on 
which he has not, I believe, given any opinion 

whatever. 

Times, Oct. 8, 1881. 



Published by the Liberal Committee for the Maintenance of the 

Legislative Union between Great Britain and Ireland, 

35, Seeing Gardens, S.W.